Washington St. home declared unsafe
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety home declared a Washington Street unsafe on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
But rather than ordering the home demolished, the board instead gave its owner, Harold D. Burns, three weeks to come up with cost estimates and a detailed timeline as to when repairs to the home at 645 Washington St., would be made.
City Building Commissioner John Stephens, during a public hearing on the home, said the home has a crumbling foundation and the house is starting to settle. There also are holes in the soffits and fascia, allowing spots for animals to enter.  A missing window has since been boarded up.
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Measure to protect peaceful protestors
By Joseph Slacian
Those engaged in lawful and non-violent civil protests in the City of Wabash will not have to fear an excessive force by the Wabash Police Department under a measure approved Sept. 14 by the Wabash City Council.
The measure is needed, according to City Attorney Doug Lehman, because the city received a grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to do owner occupied housing renovations.
It also brings the city in line with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, he added.
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
‘A Grand Time’ returns for 25th concert
By Emma Rausch
Saturday Oct. 24 will mark the 25th anniversary of A Grand Time: Multi-Piano Extravaganza’s return to Wabash and the Honeywell Center Ford Theater.
Nicknamed ‘the monster concert,’ the event will feature more than 100 pianists and musical director John Kozar and guest conductor Norma Meyer.
“Seemingly, a lot of people like to come back to see 12 pianos on stages and filled with pianists,” said Carolyn Eppley, event committee leader. “Pianists, when we call them, they say, ‘Yes I had so much fun. I’ll do it.’”
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Park bomb threat still under investigation
By Emma Rausch
Last week’s bomb threat is still an open investigation, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash City Police Department public information officer.
At approximately 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Wabash County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call stating that there were explosives located at the City of Wabash’s park on  Hill Street. The caller did not identify if it was Wabash City Park or Hanna Park, localed on West and East Hill Street, respectively.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Local 12-year-old attempts to raise $20,000 for cancer research
Karsyn Bratch, a Wabash 12-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, will be attending this weekend’s Kick-It with Karsyn event, aiming to $20,000 for pediatric cancer research. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
September is National Children’s Cancer Awareness Month and Karsyn Bratch is aiming to raise $20,000 to donate to the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Center at Riley Hospital for Children during the second annual Kick-It with Karsyn event on Saturday, Sept. 19.
This year, more than 29 teams have signed up for the event to support Karsyn, a Wabash native who was diagnosed with optic glioma – a type of brain tumor that affects the eyes – in 2007 when she was 4-years-old.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Mayor McCallen remembered as visionary
Mayor Robert McCallen Jr.
By Joseph Slacian
Former Wabash Mayor Robert McCallen Jr. is being remembered as someone whose love of Wabash will be felt for years to come.
Mayor McCallen passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. He was 88.
Mayor McCallen served in office from 1996-2000. His administration was instrumental in beginning the city’s downtown Streetscape program, and also moved Wabash City Hall from its former location at 101 S. Wabash St., to its current site, 202 S. Wabash St.
He also was the driving force behind the Riverwalk in the lower level of Paradise Spring Historical Park.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Pickup, semi collide; no severe injuries reported
A two-vehicle accident on Thursday, Sept. 10, resulted in no severe injuries, according to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department official report. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
At approximately 7:52 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and State Road 13.
According to the official report, a green 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Edward L. Tacker, 16, Wabash, was attempting to turn left from U.S. 24 onto S.R. 13 on his way to Northfield Junior-Senior High School.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Hands of Hope advocate retires after 15 years
Helen Chambers works on her computer on one of the last days on the job at Hands of Hope. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
When Helen Chambers enters someone life, it’s generally at a low point for the individual she is meeting.
Chambers is Wabash’s County Hands of Hope Victim’s Advocate Coordinator.
“I’m their legal voice,” she said of her work, sitting behind a desk with various knick-knacks on top and stacks of file folders piled on a nearby chair. “If something doesn’t happen and it’s supposed to, I let them know. I advocate very strongly for these people.
“It makes them feel better.”
Chambers, a 15-year employee of Hands of Hope, retired from her position on Aug. 31. An open house in her honor took place at the Wabash Presbyterian Church office, where the Hands of Hope site is located, on Monday.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15

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